Fraser Gibson is named Dunbartonshire’s top young entrepreneur at the regional finals of the 2010 Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ Awards.
The 25 year old founder of United Sports USA which is based in Dumbarton was announced as regional winner at a ceremony in The Glazert Country House Hotel in Lennoxtown yesterday. He was presented with a £1000 cash prize by John Corcoran, Chief Executive of the Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the awards. Mr Gibson will now be considered by the judging panel to be entered into the national final taking place at Glasgow’s City Chambers on Tuesday 16th November 2010. Six of the 18 regional winners are selected to compete for the coveted national title of PSYBT ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ and the opportunity to win an additional £2000.
United Sports USA is an international sports scholarship consultancy which Fraser Gibson set up in 2009 to help young talented athletes from across Scotland gain sports scholarships to American Universities and colleges. It was during his time as a young player with Glasgow Rangers FC, that Fraser was given the opportunity to continue his football career and study at Northern Illinois University (NIU). On returning to Scotland to continue his football career however, he suffered an achilles injury. Forced to re-evaluate his options, Mr Gibson decided he wanted to help young athletes from Scotland and the UK to have the chance to experience the coaching, lifestyle and future that American University sports offer to students worldwide.
United Sports USA currently specialises in football, swimming, golf, athletics and tennis and Mr Gibson hopes to expand the sports offering in the forthcoming year. United Sports USA has successfully supported 10 talented individuals gain sports scholarships in the USA, representing a 100% success rate, with every one of its clients securing a scholarship. The organisation employs one other full-time employee, along with two part-time scouts in the UK and two part-time scouts in Norway. United Sports USA has links with sporting organisations in Scotland, England and Scandinavia and expects to work with 60 new candidates this year.
The runner-up is Asif Ali from Dumbarton who launched Palladium Executive Hire in September 2008, specialising in providing luxury car hire at affordable prices. The 24 year old offers clients luxury chauffeur driven cars including Bentley Continental Flying Spur, Mercedes E Class, Range Rover, Rolls Royce Phantom and Mercedes S Class to all destinations, regardless of distances involved. The majority of Palladium’s business comes from the weddings market, however they also receive requests for airport, corporate and party transfers. Lord Provost Denis Agnew of West Dunbartonshire Council presented Mr Ali with a cash prize of £500 cash and a runners-up certificate.
Both the winner and the runner-up received funding, advice and support from PSYBT, which during the last twenty one years, has supported almost 12,000 young people to start over 10,000 businesses, providing £31.5million in funding and additional assistance.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, PSYBT regional manager, Sharita Padaruth said, “Our regional finalists have demonstrated ambition, courage and determination to set up and develop their own businesses. Youth enterprise is something to be recognised and applauded and we wish them all the best for the national final.”
John Corcoran of the Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce added, “We are delighted to support PSYBT and these awards which recognise the achievements of Scotland’s young people and encourage an environment that celebrates business innovation. Entrepreneurship is essential to our future prosperity not just in the Dunbartonshire region but throughout Scotland.”
The regional awards also recognised the expertise, mentoring advice and inspiration of aftercare advisor, Peter Eastwood, who was named Dunbartonshire’s regional Volunteer of the Year. A PSYBT regional manager assists with everything from compiling a business plan to securing premises. Once the business is up and running, an aftercare adviser is appointed, all of whom are experts in their fields. They work as volunteers for the organisation, with the sole aim of helping young entrepreneurs sustain their business and offering them crucial advice during the first two years in business. Mr Eastwood will go forward and have the chance of winning the coveted title of ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the national award finals in November.
For further information contact, PSYBT Regional Manager, Sharita Padaruth on tel.0141 435 7560 or Margaret Gibson/Emma Fitzpatrick at PSYBT head office on Tel no. 0141 248 4999. Visit the PSYBT website at www.psybt.org.uk
NOTES TO EDITORS
Contact: Fraser Gibson, www.unitedsportsusa.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
01389 762 855/0754 564 2713
Contact: Asif Ali, www.palladiumexecutivehire.com
01389 742610 / 07547333053